Mark down these fall events in Almost Heaven

Fall is a great time of year to get out and explore all the local events, fairs and festivals in Almost Heaven. Mark your calendar for these ones below so you don’t miss them:

September Events

Nicholas County Potato Festival  |  Sept. 6-7

This year will mark the 50th anniversary of the Nicholas County Potato Festival. This even features a potato acution and display, parade, spud hunt, amusement rides and more. For more information, visit the Summersville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Happy Retreat Craft Beer & Music Festival  |  Sept. 7

Head to Charles Town on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the fourth annual Happy Retreat Craft Beer and Music Festival, held on the historic grounds of Happy Retreat, former home of Charles Town founder Charles Washington, brother of George Washington. For more information, visit the Jefferson County CVB.

Kids Day at the Wild Ramp  |  Sept. 21

The Wild Ramp and the Huntington Museum of Art host a new drop-in art activity every third Saturday of the month. Different themes and activities are available each month and open to all ages. For more information, visit the Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Mothman Festival  |  Sept. 21-22

​Mothman Festival is an annual event held every third weekend in September that commemorates the 1966 Point Pleasant, West Virginia, Mothman sighting, which gave birth to the infamous red-eyed winged legend. People will gather in downtown Point Pleasant to celebrate this cryptid Sep. 21 and 22.

Hands on Tamarack: Pottery  |  Sept. 24

Tamarack is hosting a six-week class to introduce users to beginner pottery, which includes centering the clay, throwing cylinders and bowls. Other skills include learning styles, advanced techniques and glaze application.

Preston County Buckwheat Festival  |  Sept. 26-29

The Preston County Buckwheat Festival, which begins on the last Thursday of September, began in Kingwood in 1938 and celebrates what was once one of the county’s most important crops. Historic Hazelton Mill is re-started around festival time to grind and bag the flour, which can be purchased year-round in the region. Don’t forget to try one of the buckwheat cakes during the four-day festival.

Leaf Peepers Festival  |  Sept. 27-Sept. 29

The Leaf Peepers Festival celebrates fall foliage and the color that comes with this magical time of the year. Fall leaves change early in the rural town of Davis, and Leaf Peepers is held annually the last full week of September to get a full view of the autumn beauty.

Mountain State Forest Festival |  Sept. 28-Oct. 6

Mountain State Forest Festival in Elkins is one of the largest and oldest festivals in West Virginia, continuing to promote the season in the region.  It will be held Sep. 28 – Oct. 6 with concerts, lumberjack competition, forestry & wood exhibits, arts and crafts, amusement rides and parades.

Asylum After Dark  |  Sept. 27-Nov. 2

Visit the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum after hours and see all things spooky first hand.Experience the award-winning haunted house that is not recommended for the faint of heart from Sep 27 through Nov 2. Or try one of three flashlight tours of the main building or enjoy the Asylum’s annual family-friendly fall festival (Oct 5).

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

Spookley Weekend

Spookley the square pumpkin is back at Gritt’s Fun Farm. Children will love seeing Spookley, the square pumpkin and hearing about the story.  For more information, visit the Putnam County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

FestivAll Fall

West Virginia’s capital city of Charleston will celebrate FestivALL Fall for the 8th consecutive year and extend the popular event into fall for a weekend full of visual art, music, dance, theater and family fun from Oct. 10-13, 2019. For more information, visit the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival

Experience the 40th Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival, Oct. 17-20 in Martinsburg and Berkeley County, WV. Enjoy an old town parade through the downtown streets of Martinsburg, baking contests, live music, pop-up shops, artisan craft festival and more. For more information, visit the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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This post was last updated on March 18, 2022